In my 2007 exhibition, "Overcome" was a series that captured the abstract essence of trees that represented triumph against all hardships faced throughout life. In 2014, I decided to revisit the idea of "Overcome". The life of a tree can represent the struggles and strength of human beings. As a tree moves through its different phases of life, it must face many adversities. However, as its foundation develops and its branches strengthen, the tree builds itself to stand with great stability.
In 2016, I found myself thinking of how people are always searching or seeking for something in life."Seeking" represents our journey and our pursuit of searching for more. The need to change, the discovery of a new path in life, or rebuilding from pain drives us to find happiness. I have used a press to create compositions of figurative shapes and forms. Applying a palette of different colors, I’ve symbolized the many walks of life and expressed their never-ending journey of seeking that they long for.
Young Il C. Kang 2017